Once You Know


Today, like a ship entering the storm, industrial civilization faces the first symptoms of energy depletion and climate change induced collapse. In this unprecedented context, the documentary film Once You Know asks disturbing questions : Are there better ways of collapsing than others? What is meaningful work on the way down? 

Director Emmanuel Cappellin (contributor to Yann Arthus-Bertrand's world-releases 7 BILLION OTHERSHUMAN, and WOMAN), has becomeobsessed with how to best respond personally and collectively to the challenge. Traveling on board a container ship, his quest leads him around the world to meet five of the world's leading climate scientists and energy experts. They share with him the truth, chaos, and hope in their work. They allow him to challenges everything he took for granted - from growth-based democracies to personal freedoms. This odyssey brings him back to himself and to Saillans, his small mountain village. In this life-size, open sky laboratory, where everything becomes once again possible : having a child, redefining questions of social justice, implementing participatory democracy, starting an energy transition... The first steps, perhaps, towards some kind of collective resilience. 

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Emmanuel Cappellin (producer, director, cinematographer) began his career working in Canada for Oscar winning film animator and environmentalist Frédéric Back, after growing up between France and the USA. Now a regular cinematographer for French photographer and director Yann Arthus-Bertrand, he has shot and directed hundreds of interviews for Climate Voices (broadcasted on France5 and at the Copenhagen Summit) and more recently for HUMAN, a worldwide theater release, which was premiered at the United Nations Headquarters, broadcasted internationally, distributed in partnership with the Google Foundation, and selected at the Venise Mostra in 2015. Emmanuel produced and directed several short and medium formats about global environmental issues, including Thoughts and Reflections (2010), a feature-length on the power shift from West to East. To The Tar Sands, his first film as co-editor, was selected at the Vancouver DOXA Festival and Calgary International Film Festival in 2007.

Justine Shapiro (co-producer) is an Oscar nominated, Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker, and an on-camera television host, born in South Africa and raised in Berkeley, California. Recipient of SFFILM's 2015-2017 FilmHouse residency program, Justine is currently co-producing Celtic Tigers and directing Her World, a documentary feature produced by SinoLicensing. Justine co-directed and co-produced Promises, which received two Emmy Awards and an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary. It was screened around the world, broadcast internationally and continues to be the most popular media resource in classrooms teaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Justine directed and produced Our Summer in Tehran, which premiered at IDFA in Amsterdam and on PBS in the USA in 2011. She hosted the award-winning PBS travel series GlobeTrekker, interviewing hundreds of locals from all walks of life in 40 countries; the series is now found on PBS, and in over 35 broadcast stations around the world. More recently Justine hosted Time Team America, a PBS series exploring archeology in the USA.

Film Details
  • Country(ies): France, US, Bangladesh, China, Greece
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2018
  • Running time: 90
  • Director(s): Emmanuel Cappellin
  • Producer(s): Emmanuel Cappellin, Justine Shapiro
  • Cinematographer(s): Emmanuel Cappellin
  • Editor(s): Anne-Marie Sangla
  • Music: Virgile Van Ginneken
  • With: Richard Heinberg, Susanne Moser, Saleemul Huq, HervĂ© Le Treut, and Jean-Marc Jancovici
  • Website: www.onceyouknow-thefilm.com

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